01:29PM | 01/22/07
Member Since: 01/21/07
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My bathroom vent and lights are on the same switch. The sound from the vent is annoying if you are only cleaning the room.

After pulling the switch, I noticed that there was one wire on a screw terminal and 2 wires on the other. When I disconnected the wires to install a double switch I noticed what I had assumed was 2 wires was really one wire with insulation removed at the center and connected to the terminal screw.

I cut this wire in half and conneced one end to each terminal and the hotwire to the hot terminal. It worked.

Is this correct?


01:44PM | 01/22/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
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It the wiring from the switch to the fan light is in conduit then it is possilbe, but very unusal, for a single wire to be bend in the center and pulled.

But if it is a cable (NM or AC)then they would have to be separate wires and different colors.

In any case, for independent control of the fan and light there is needs to 3 wires (plus a ground wire if any) from the switch to the light.


01:53PM | 01/22/07
Member Since: 01/21/07
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When I pulled the switch the one wire (which I assumed was two) was really one with the insulation cut away and connected to the terminal screw. The hot wire was connected to the other screw. Is there anyway to send a photo.


04:47PM | 01/22/07
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